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A Jewish presence highlights boxing
event at Detroit's Fisher Building.
Special to the Jewish News
avid Farbman, 34, of
Bloomfield Hills is a self-pro-
claimed boxing junkie. He
won't be in the ring; but his name will
headline one of the biggest boxing
nights the city of Detroit has seen in
"If you really look at what Detroit
pany, will serve as master of
ceremonies for "Fight Night at
the Fisher" on Thursday, Feb. 2,
along with WJLB-FM radio DJ _
MC Serch, who also is Jewish.
The charity event takes place
three days before Detroit hosts
Super Bowl XL.
Professional and amateur
boxers will duke it out in a ring
set up in the ornate main lobby
of the Fisher building. There
will also be dinner, drinks and
a silent auction. Organizers
hope to raise at least $100,000
to save Detroit's legendary
Kronk Gym, which is in financial
"This is a safe-haven for kids not
even just from Detroit:' Farbman said.
"Macomb County, Oakland County —
for kids who are in trouble, this is
where they go and it's a place of hope."
Boxing trainer Emanuel Steward,
who has trained such champions as
Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and .
Evander Holyfield, organized the
event. He started coaching in the
Kronk's boxing program in 1971 and
has vowed to raise the money to keep
the building open. Other big-name
fighters like Mike Tyson, George
Foreman and Muhammad Ali have
been invited to attend.
Farbman believes the event may be .
the shot in the arm the city needs to
bring big-time boxing events back to
"A lot of people in thelewish com-
munity have been stepping up and
buying tickets for this event:'
said Farbman. "The hope is
not only to save the original
Kronk gym, but to build them
a new Kronk gym and create
something special." Li
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